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103mph wheelie biker loses licence
A BIKER has been banned from driving after he performed a wheelie at about 103mph on a road near Selby .
Lukasz Wisniewski was caught on a mobile police safety camera as he sped past on one wheel, while travelling along the A63 at Newthorpe, in the Selby district, on June 20.
The 26-year-old, of Firth Avenue, Leeds, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Selby Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (Sept 13), and received a 12-month driving ban, and ordered to take an extended driving test before he could regain his licence.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said the mobile police camera was in a clearly marked van, and said Wisniewski was travelling at between 93 and 103 mph as he passed police officers on one wheel.
Magistrates also issued Wisniewski with a community order, and ordered him to complete 200 hours of unpaid work, and the charge of speeding was dropped by prosecutors.
Inspector Dave Brown, of North Yorkshire Police’s Strategic Roads Policing Group, said motorcyclists and drivers should bear in mind the ability of the police safety camera to capture indisputable evidence at a greater distance than a conventional safety camera.
He also said Wisniewski’s ban was the longest achieved so far for an offence captured by the mobile safety camera, and said he was lucky to be alive to face the charges.
Insp Brown said: “Wisneiwski should be thankful that he is still here to face a ban and a community order. His riding showed complete disregard for his safety and that of other people. The consequences of such irresponsible riding could have seen him facing far more serious offences.
“We know the vast majority of riders are sensible and use their machines safely and considerately, this message is aimed at the arrogant minority who show complete disregard for safety and the potential, life-changing consequences to their own and their families’ lives.”